Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mad Tea Party


An invitation - to all the "Ladies of the Lane"-  appeared in mail boxes early one morning


asking them to meet in the garden.


For weeks, little fingers


were busy creating.


And finally,


the day arrived when


the garden was magically transformed


into a welcoming spot


for the all the "Ladies of the Lane"


to relax and chat and catch up with neighbors.


When the ladies arrived they would be thirsty -


oh dear, who snuck in a bottle of champagne to a garden party?


And now we know what the tags were for.


Everyone chose a word to designate their glass and


created their own tag if they didn't find a word to suit their personality.


Why do you suppose this person chose "Life" as their word?


With their thirst quenched, the ladies were hungry


for a little savory 


and a little sweet - with mustaches because Christine requested them.


Happy Ladies . . . 


gathered in the garden


to eat


and drink.


The question remains, why were the "Ladies of the Lane" asked to meet in the garden?


And the answer is, 'Just Because'.


And before everyone left, they were sure to take home a treat box.


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Don't forget to visit A Fanciful Twist to see all the other Mad Tea Parties.

64 comments:

Sarah Coller said...

Oh how fun! I love it that you created such a fun and welcoming party for your friends! Your treats look lovely and I just adore your pretty hanging bottles! What a beautiful day for you all. I hope you'll come and visit my Mad Hatter Tea party as well!

Blessings,
Sarah

Poppy said...

So, so lovely, from the invitations and drink tags to the sweets and savouries and garden decor!! Oh, how I wish I lived on that lane!!

Poppy

Linda said...

Oh my, I had so much fun at your party. The other guests were so nice and friendly. Your sweet treats and tea was so good and love your decorations. Thank you. Please visit me:
momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Carole your garden area AND the party are just lovely! The food looks wonderful...yum! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeeheee....that Lulu, she is a DOOZY! A WHOLE TRAY? My, a real lady with an appetite!

Carol, this is sensational. Your beach garden is the perfect space for killer-diller tea (and champagne) party! I wish I had wings to fly to everyone's homes.....thank you for this lovely party! Anita

Gina said...

Oh how I wish that I lived down your lane...absolutely delightful <3 XXX

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a very lovely party! But before I go, I will make sure and go pat your lovely doggie who felt left out! (I have a doggie treat in my pocket!)

We look forward to your visit at The Tearoom!

Wishing you a lovely Mad Tea Party weekend!

Betty

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'm with Poppy; I would have enjoyed being one of those "Ladies of the Lane". You created a beautiful event and your guests look like they appreciated all of the special touches, Carol.

Enjoy your weekend.

Karen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How delightful! It looks like fun was had by all! And if there are treats left...we're on the way! Happy weekend my friend! Hugs, Diane

Sarah said...

Carol, how I wish I could have sprouted wings and flown in to join this delightful gathering. I love tea and champagne! Every detail shows your love of creating and entertaining and being a special friend to all. How lovely that the Ladies of the Lane were honored so. Well done!

Katharine Devinney said...

I love your backyard. Your party looks fun. What was in the boxes? I hope you come and see my party too. Katharine

Kerstin Bulin said...

Wow two Partys at one day....i love your Magical Tea Party...it looks like you have fun.
Please Visit my Party to
Kerstin
Cobblestone Prims

dawaioser said...

It's all so pretty, especially the hanging glass jars full of flowers, and I love the idea of having your guests make word-tags for their Mason Jar drinks. So cute!



Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day. If you have time, drop by my tea party. I always love to share tea and nibblies with new friends. :)

http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/852341.html

http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/851974.html

jinxxxygirl said...

HOw wonderful you had an actual party with real people and everything. I think thats awesome! I'll bet everyone had a great and magickal time! Hugs! deb

Kelly said...

OK, this was one CLEVER party and how I wished to jump in and join you!!! I know how your furry feels!!! The colors of your decor and party fares just fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing! Cheers! ;)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh my what a great party - wish I lived down the lane. I know the ladies had a wonderful time and the decorations and food were terrific. You really out did your self. Even Lulu was such a good girl setting there. So glad that everyone had a great time.
Mary

fiona anderson said...

Maybe she chose 'life' because life doesn't get much better, than sitting in a pretty garden, eating a scrummy tea and chatting with friends - that's the good life !

Rett said...

Looks like you know how to throw a party! Thanks for sharing. Don't worry....I snuck a snack to the cute well behaved "lady" who wasn't invited *wink*

Susan said...

That was a completely lovely party!Thanks for the invite.
Susan

whatamberloves.com said...

Such fun! Your party is absolutely lovely! How lucky you are that the weather cooperated! 😃😃 ~Amber http://whatamberloves.com/2014/07/12/mad-tea-party-2014

DogsMom said...

This party almost makes me wish I lived on a lane!

You have such a beautiful garden.

http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-fanciful-twists-7th-annual-mad-tea.html

Melanie said...

Wow, what a party! Everything looked perfect - from the food to the decorations to the gardens. I can't even imagine all the work that went into creating that party. You rock!

Vicky Hunt said...

Oh how I wish I lived on your lane...:) What a sweet gesture to have all the ladies over for a tea party! Everything is so lovely! I especially love the bottles strung with wire/string and used as vases! So creative! I know everyone enjoyed it! I know I enjoyed my cyber visit! Have a lovely evening...Vicky

Connie said...

I really like the idea of a "Just Because" party :) Your garden is so lovely and I love the hanging bottles for flowers . . . so pretty. It looked like everyone had a marvelous time.

Marilyn said...

Thanks for the "tea", I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Mama helley said...

Awweee poochy is so cute. Can she come please? Your garden is splendid and the treat boxes are so very pretty. Very enticing. Thanks for sharing! Cheers luvvy,
Erin ; D
Keytomyworld.com

podso said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun creating this party from start to finish. I'm sure the ladies felt loved to have been a part of it! "Just because"--good for you!

Jeanna said...

Beautiful! There are just no other words...

Jess said...

A wonderful party! Thank you for sharing!

http://scrapsavings.blogspot.com/2014/07/mad-tea-party-and-giveaway.html

Kirsten Tallman said...

Love your ideas for a beautiful tea party! All the little details, danty foods, and pretty packages were eye delights. Thanks for sharing. If you would like to, come on over to my tea party! I'd love to have you...Moments Divine

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This looks like such a fun gathering. Love the straws with 'words' and the food also looks so good! Great 'tea' party!

Junkchiccottage said...

Oh Carol I just want to live on your lane and enjoy that sweet weather and that beautiful neighborhood and also come to your fun garden tea party. I loved seeing all the sweet little touches you did to make your guests feel so welcome and special. What a wonderful day. So happy you got to host such a nice gathering.
Kris

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Scrumptiously beyond wonderful!! Wish I had been there in real life!! ;-) You outdid yourself, your friends must have looooved it!!

Thank you so much for joining in the Mad Tea magic!
A very merry unbirthday to you!

<3 Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Scrumptiously beyond wonderful!! Wish I had been there in real life!! ;-) You outdid yourself, your friends must have looooved it!!

Thank you so much for joining in the Mad Tea magic!
A very merry unbirthday to you!

<3 Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

Jann Olson said...

Oh what a fun party Carol and those ladies really do look happy! So cute in their bonnets! Can't blame them with such wonderful scenery, food, drinks, and I'm sure plenty of conversation!
hugs,
Jann

must love junk said...

Everything looks just magical! I'm sure you all had a fantastic time! :)
Susan

Witchy J said...

What a scrumptious party and feast you laid on. I so love little savouries at tea parties. It's so easy to overdose on the sweetness of cakes. Your garden is a delightful place to linger and oh may I have another tart please, they all look simple delicious.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Carol your tea party is perfect. I loved your garden setting and all the ladies of the lane look like they are enjoying a fabulous time. How sweet the little gifts look and your Buffett is fabulous. Tea and champagne heavenly!!
You sure give the best parties.
Hugs

Marcia Pilar said...

Oh, what a perfect tea party, Carol. Ladies of the Lane ... love it!
Everything is lovely ... hats, tags, and champagne, of course.

Kathy said...

Oh what a fun time! Your garden looks just delightful and those big smiles show you made happy times!

Art @ Home said...

LOVE your tea party! Every detail is perfect, Carol. You have the perfect setting for a tea party, too! WOW!

I can tell your guests had a great time. YAY!

I signed-up for two parties as well, plus I hosted a birthday party last week, and I'll host two this week. TOO MUCH, I tell ya!

Sue said...

One of my favorites is the hanging flower vases. Love the food display stands and mystery gift boxes. Seems like a song should be written about this Garden Party.

Jennifer said...

Such a beautifully colourful party! I'm just in love with the striped straws in the mason jars, such a gorgeous touch!

http://broomsticksandlace.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-fanciful-twist-mad-tea-party-2014.html

Bill said...

Oh my. I'm not a lady. I do so hope it's alright that I showed up. I hurried up and grabbed some treats just in case someone decided to show me to the door. Phew. I gobbled down the food before anyone realized I was there. I think I better run. I just wouldn't look good in a dress!

Emma Elliott said...

Oh How lovely what a Wonderful thing to do. Xxxx

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Oh how I wished I could of jumped on a jet from Philadelphia to have been one of your guests who enjoyed your magical, charming, very creative, yummy drinks and foods in your enchanting garden of friendship and prettiness.
Poor Lulu, I will say it over and over again, I adore Miss Lulu and love hearing your stories of her adventures.
Seriously from invite to decorated garden to drinks and foods, a perfect Mad Hatters tea party.
XO,
Vera

Painting Apples said...

*Swoon* I am just in LOVE with your garden! I just adored all the scrumptious eats and lovely chilled drinks! What lucky ladies those ladies of the lane are! Thank you for inviting me and thank you for stopping by my party earlier, I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay!

xoxo
Gigi

Jen Ham said...

Carol, your garden is just so incredibly beautiful! I love the flowers in bottles hanging! Champagne at a tea party is the best, indeed! heheheh....xoxo Jen

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carol,

What a lovely party and it would be fun to live in your lane.
Everything looks so magical the way you have set it up and the food looks delicious.
Wishing you a happy new week
hugs
Carolyn

Tricia-CastlesNcrowns-FairyTalePhotography said...

Simply lovely! ~Tricia (p.s. here is my tea party: http://castlesncrownsboutique.blogspot.com/2014/07/mad-tea-party-2014-and-giveaway.html )

Lynda Shoup said...

Your Mad Tea Party was a delight to visit! Your preparations must have taken a long time. The tags were a unique touch. They must have been a great conversation starter.

The food all looks scrumptious.

Thanks for posting such inspiration. I didn't pull my party together this year, but I posted a little thank you to those of you who did. Feel free to come by.

http://reclaimingmybohomojo.blogspot.com/2014/07/tea-party-rain-check.html

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Very fun, and bright and cheerful party! Love your food table, so many nice goodies! Thanks for coming to my tea, now I will check out your creative space, Celeste,
http://plumfieldhousegardens.blogspot.com/

cynthia lee designs said...

How fun to have a garden tea party. Everything looks so awesome! And it looks like everyone had a great time too.
~Cindy

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

I am going to say it again, you should be a party planner...or at least write a book about it! Parties by Carol, ideas and inspiration for every occasion! I'd buy it!

Rhissanna said...

This looks so lovely! And of course there's champagne! It goes well with hot tea and iced cakes! I'm delighted to see ladies in hats. How perfectly proper. The food looks wonderful. And dear me, the last guest, the hairy one. Did she really eat all the lemon bars once? I imagine that's why she was never invited back.

Laura Morrigan said...

I love the idea of all the vases of flowers hanging from the strings! How lovely!

Calamitous Botanicus said...

Lucky ladies! Pretty invitations, champagne and mustache sweets in a beautiful garden, how delightful. Sorry for showing up so late. Cheers, Sarah

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Oh! Everything looks fantastic! Starting with the invitations, the presents...and those treats and sandwiches that look so yummy! I remember the day you told in a post that you were tired after cooking everything for this Tea Party. Well, it was well worth.
Besos!

Denise said...

Just darling.I think I'll copy some of Your ideas.I live on a Fairway Lane.Wonderful :)

Christina Paul said...

what a fabulous party! LOVE all the little details from the invites to the treat boxes and what a delectable table of treats!
and your cute four footed guest is just adorable!

Laura said...

Oh my word what a beautiful party! I wish I lived on your lane! :-)
blessings
~*~

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love how you did your floating vases and the packages!!! Beautiful! xoxoxo

CatieAn said...

Hi carol. As usual I am late to the party but it looks so beautiful in the garden. The goodies were so well done and I can't imagine it not being FUN

Carla said...

omg When you put on a tea party you put on a tea party. Everything looked so lovely and friendly. I'm jealous I don't live on the lane.

I can't imagine the time you put into it. Awesome job